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Making Hamburger from Sacred Cows

A Guardian writer frets about anti-statism in young adult fiction

SEPTEMBER 05, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE

Young adult fiction is supposed to poke holes in the pieties of today's parents along with paternalism writ large.

All My Plans Are Ideal

The Princess Bride reminds us that human action is unpredictable

AUGUST 28, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE

The man of system always runs into the inconceivable. That's because he can't conceive of other people who also make plans.

Sign It and Seal It

AUGUST 14, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE

A play commemorating Magna Carta demonstrates nothing so much as the difficulty of making fine words on paper provide liberty in the real world.

Spontaneous Overflow

JULY 31, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE

The English country house has long inspired fascination; for early poets, though, it inspired its fair share of unease.

All Those Joe Blows and Jane Does

In movies and markets, real power lies with the unwashed masses

JULY 17, 2014 by ROBERT ANTHONY PETERS

The story behind Gone with the Wind has a lot more in common with Human Action than you'd probably expect.

How to Woo a Shrew

JULY 03, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE

Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew exemplifies how people can reach intimate, private agreements about how they'll relate to one another.

The Very Model of a Modern Freeman Column

JUNE 19, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE

The operettas of Sir William S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur S. Sullivan should appeal to any Freeman reader and to all political skeptics.

The Exchange Value of a Magic Bean

JUNE 05, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE

Money doesn't work in the fairy-tale context for precisely the reasons that it does work in the real world.

Frak! Has Your Mother Sold Her Mangle?

Language—even profanity—evolves faster than it can be regulated

MAY 22, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE

Authorities in Michigan are trying to crack down on swearing; fortunately, language is too spontaneous and too open to innovation for this plan to work.

All of Life Is 6 to 5 Against

MAY 08, 2014 by SARAH SKWIRE

Damon Runyon's stories, beyond their unforgettable characters and cadence, look at how regular people try to beat the odds in real life.

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September 2014

For centuries, hierarchical models dominated human organizations. Kings, warlords, and emperors could rally groups--but also oppress them. Non-hierarchical forms of organization, though, are increasingly defining our lives. It's no secret how this shift has benefited out social lives, including dating, and it's becoming more commonplace even in the corporate world. But it has also now come even to organizations bent on domination rather than human flourishing, as the Islamic State shows. If even destructive groups rely on this form of entrepreneurial organization, then hierarchy's time could truly be coming to an end.
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